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Friday Links of Love

  • Is Richelle Mead and her Vampire Academy series the next Twilight  phenomena?   PW reports that the three books have a totle of 600,000 in print.   Jia has read these books and likes them.   Maybe she’ll do an omnibus review for us.
  • David Carnoy, a journalist/editor at CNet, wrote a fiction book which NY publishing wouldn’t buy.   Having some tech connections, Carnoy was able to turn his book into an iPhone App.   He submitted and it was sold until it was discovered that it had the word “fuck” in it.   That made Apple pull the application.   Carnoy has self edited his book to remove those horrible, awful, dirty words, and now Apple thinks it is just fine.   What the FUCK, Apple?
  • Google is making a legal challenge to Prop 8, arguing that the law harms Google’s ability to recruit and hire
  • Cleveland Library users now get the ability to download Adobe ePub versions of ebooks.
  • Mills & Boons moves 200 million books globally  in 2008 and it’s experienced a 101% growth since 2001.   
  • Teens send nudie pics to each other and are arrested for trafficking in child pornography.   Did you know that the Supreme Court ruled once that child pornography laws apply only to depictions of real children versus drawings of children? (Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition)
  • Waterstone’s sells 30,000 Sony Readers in the last 4 months.   

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Julia
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 22:10:08

    Go Google! Now if only Apple could get in on that, too, it might make up for censoring fuck.

  2. Gina Black
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 22:24:55

    Google is my hero. Whereas Apple? What’s up with that??

  3. Claudia
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 02:36:17

    It’s really strange that Apple censors apps while selling other “explicit” media. I loved Scott Sigler’s Rookie podcast, but the ebook app suffers because nonsensical curse word substitutions mothershucking jump out at me everytime I see them and I’m probably spending too much time figuring out when ordinary words like “crap” are substitutions or not.

    Apple even edits tv show descriptions. Sperm is spelled as s***m in the ep. info for the last two Season 2 Dilbert shows. I love my Touch, but not necessarily Apple.

  4. Leslie
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 06:56:36

    Michigan has given their library users audio and e-book downloads for years, via the Michigan Library Consortium, in various formats.

    Just a plug for them since not many people know that. I love my local library! Go Ann Arbor District Library!

  5. Jia
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 10:03:42

    Jia has read these books and likes them. Maybe she'll do an omnibus review for us.

    It’s more likely than you think.

  6. Louise van Hine
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 11:18:26

    Ashcroft was ruled by the Supreme Court in 2002. This link seems to indicate it still stands and has not been overturned.

    However, I believe there are some state laws that still prohibit erotic drawings depicting children, but they may be prior to 2002.

  7. Katie
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 11:26:27

    I recently discovered the Mid-Ohio Library Digital Initiative, which allows you to check out ebooks, audiobooks, and even some videos (with a library card from participating libraries). I love it!

  8. Dance Chica
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 11:38:01

    I really enjoy Mead’s Vampire Academy series. I’m glad to see it’s gaining in popularity.

  9. XandraG
    Jan 18, 2009 @ 14:55:25

    @ Katie: One of our local-to-the-region libraries lends digital books, but only in Adobe DRM. I’m locked out because I’m a Linux user. Sad.

    But I’m in love with the Mid-Ohio Library Digital Initiative’s acronym (MOLDI)! “Paperbacks going yellow? Go digital and let your reading go MOLDI!”

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